Professor Stefan Bauernschuster
Stefan Bauernschuster is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Passau since 2013. He is also Research Professor at the Ifo Institute Munich, CESifo Affiliate, IZA Research Fellow and a member of the committee for social policy of the German Economic Association. Before moving to Passau, Stefan Bauernschuster was deputy head of the research area Social Policy and Labour Markets at the Ifo Institute Munich. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where he participated in the Research Training Group "The Economics of Innovative Change" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
In his research, Stefan Bauernschuster typically uses micro-econometric methods to answer policy relevant questions in the fields of labor, population, health and education economics. His research has been published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of the European Economic Association, or the Journal of Public Economics.
Research Professor at the ifo Institute Munich
As a Research Professor at the ifo Center for Labour and Demographic Economics, Stefan Bauernschuster regularly cooperates with researcher of the ifo Institute. Currently, he is involved in a project for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, titled Germany 2017 – A Study about Attitudes and Behaviour in Unified Germany. The study analyses attitudes towards political, family, labor and social issues and their development in East and West Germany since Unification.
Professor Bauernschuster is affiliated with CESifo. The CESifo network is one of the biggest and most known networks of economists worldwide. Due to a series of own working papers and the organization of numerous conferences it brings together economists from all over the world.
IZA Research Fellow
- Professor Bauernschuster has joined the IZA network as a Research Fellow. The Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), established in 1998, is a non-profit research center in labor economics supported by the Deutsche Post Foundation. IZA is widely recognized as a leading institute for labor market research, which includes original and internationally competitive research in all fields of labor economics. On this Basis, it develops policy concepts and disseminates findings to the scientific community and the general public. The network is based on a dynamic local team in Bonn (Germany) and cooperates as the world's largest network of labor economists with established senior researchers (research fellows) and junior researchers (research affiliates).
Member of the committee for social policy
Professor Bauernschuster is a member of the committee for Social Policy of the German Economic Association. The committee for Social Policy was founded in 1968 and deals with topics such as social insurance, income distribution, and labour market policies. It is a part of the German Economic Association, the biggest and oldest association of German economists and one of the biggest and oldest associations of economists in the world.
The committee consists of about 50 members. The members get together for a conference once a year to present and discuss their current research projects. This year, the conference took place in Paderborn. Professor Bauernschuster presented his ongoing research project “Bismarck’s Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline“.
Research on Bismarck’s health insurance
Professor Bauernschuster is currently working together with Anastasia Driva (Swiss RE) and Erik Hornung (University of Cologne) on the research project Bismarck's Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline. A short summary of the study can be found here:
- Bauernschuster, S., Driva, A., Hornung, E. (2017), Bismarck’s Health Insurance and its Impact on Mortality, VoxEU.
For the complete research paper, see:
- Bauernschuster, S., Driva, A., Hornung, E. (2017), Bismarck’s Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline, CESifo Working Paper 6601.
In the last few months, Professor Bauernschuster presented the paper at the following research seminars and conferences:
- Research Seminar at IZA Bonn
- Research Seminar at the Economics Institute of the University of Linz
- Annual Conference of the committee for Social Policy of the German Economic Association in Paderborn
- CESifo Area Conference on Employment and Social Protection in Munich
- Workshop on Health Economics and Health Policy in Heidelberg
- Center of European Economic Research in Mannheim
- Research Seminar at the University of Maastricht
- Research Seminar at the University of Trier
- Research Seminar at the University of Potsdam
- Research Seminar at the Institute of Social Economic Research at the University of Essex
- Research Seminar at the University of Lausanne
- Research Seminar at the University of Hohenheim
- Research Seminar at the University of Innsbruck
Research project for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Professor Bauernschuster and his colleagues from the ifo Institute Munich currently work on a project for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, titled Germany 2017 – A Study about Attitudes and Behaviour in Unified Germany. The study analyses attitudes towards political, family, labor and social issues and their development in East and West Germany since Unification.
The research project is based on the preceding study „Germany 2014“, which has described the development of attitudes and behaviors of East and West German citizens since Unification. Building on this study, the focus of the current study is to complement the analysis using more recent data and to understand any remaining differences between East and West Germans.
In a first step, the study collects and reviews the relevant academic literature. In a second step, the literature is complemented with an own empirical analysis. To this end, the study illustrates the development of attitudes and behavior of East and West Germans. Finally, any remaining differences between East and West Germans are further elaborated on to derive political recommendations.
The project uses data from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS), the Micro Census, the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), the Politbarometer, the European Value Survey, the European Social Survey, and the Eurobarometer Survey.
On November 3, 2017 the Passauer Neue Presse featured an article about Professor Bauernschuster’s current research on Bismarck’s Health Insurance: